We’re thrilled to announce that the North American #gamesUR Summit that was postponed in 2020 will be taking place online for the first time across two days in 2021 on Thursday May 20th and Friday May 21st.
The #gamesUR Summit is a prominent annual event for industry professionals interested in games user research and user experience, including but not limited to user testing, game analytics, and user experience (UX) design and processes. In our decade of operations, it has grown from a handful of researchers to a gathering of hundreds of attendees with multiple presentation streams, panels, and workshops showcasing innovative methods, tools, and strategies for leveraging player data and psychology for game design!
The conference is annually attended by professional game developers, user experience researchers and designers, and all who have an interest in Games Research & User Experience (GRUX). The event is proudly presented by the GRUX SIG of the International Game Developers Association.
The #gamesUR Summit annually hosts 200+ professionals at the forefront of player-centric game development. The conference will feature a keynote panel, presentations, and panels at all experience levels, as well as opportunities to virtually socialize.
While the Summit has traditionally been a physical event, the #gamesUR Summit will be entirely online and free to attend in May of 2021. With 2021 marking the 10th anniversary of the Summit, we’re excited that the online format will enable us to reach more attendees than ever before!
We’re pleased to announce for the small donation of $7 USD to cover shipping costs, we are offering a Summit swag bag featuring a mug & notebook!
Select “Summit Ticket & Swag Bag (Mug & Notebook)” at checkout to receive these commemorative items. Below is an image of the sample items from the vendor. Please note the final mug you will receive will be ivory. (The samples only came in black).
If you’re speaking this year, you will receive a complementary mug & notebook as our thanks!
The #gamesUR Summit features two presentation tracks across two days, covering a breadth of content from the games user research discipline and broader games UX. This year, presentations and panels will cover in-depth case studies, innovative methods and study designs, best practices, accessibility, and more!
Our conference schedule will be publicly available soon!
Plenary Opening Panel
We will announce our plenary panel soon!
In addition to leveraging Discord for attendee interactions and conversations, we have a couple social activities in the works! Stay tuned for more information.
Please visit the conference website for further details: https://gamesurconf.com/us/
The website will be updated to feature the conference schedule and social event details closer to the event date.
Code of Conduct
All of our #gamesUR Summit attendees, speakers, sponsors and volunteers are required to agree with the conference code of conduct. Organizers will enforce the code throughout the event. We are expecting cooperation from all participants to help ensure a safe environment for everybody.
Please read the conference’s Code of Conduct here: https://gamesurconf.com/us/code-of-conduct/
About IGDA GRUX SIG
The IGDA Games Research and User Experience Special Interest Group (IGDA GRUX SIG) aims to improve the state of games user research and user experience within the industry. The ultimate goal of Games User Research and of Games User Experience is to help game designers reach their design goals by applying scientific and user experience design principles to ensure that players are having the experience developers intend.
The SIG facilitates community and information sharing among user researchers and user experience professionals at game companies, consultancies, and academia. We also take an advocacy and educational role in terms of spreading best practice user research, user experience design practices, and knowledge within the games industry via our two annual summits (one in North America and one in the UK) and via our social media accounts and communities.
To learn more about the IGDA GRUX SIG please visit our website.
When is the Summit and how do I attend online?
The #gamesUR Summit is scheduled for Thursday May 20 and Friday May 21, 2021 from 11 am to 5 pm ET. Presentations will be available via Zoom and YouTube. You can converse and interact with other attendees on the GRUX SIG Discord during the event.
How can I stay informed?
By registering for the Summit on Eventbrite, you’ll be emailed all pertinent information about accessing Summit content. Additional information is also available on the conference website. Please follow our community on Discord, YouTube, LinkedIn, and Twitter for additional content and regular updates.
Why do I need to register / get a ticket on Eventbrite?
Access to the online #gamesUR Summit is completely free. However, everyone, both attendees and speakers, will need to register on Eventbrite to stay connected with our conference team to receive updates and access to the Zoom links (for viewing the presentations on the day of the Summit).
I am a speaker – do I need to register / get a ticket on Eventbrite? What about the swag?
Yes, please register for a FREE standard ticket.
We will send a complementary mug & notebook to all speakers who request one. Speakers will receive an email with a Google Form collecting name and shipping address should you want the complementary mug & notebook. Please respond to that Google Form at the end of February to receive your complementary swag.
How accessible is the event?
All presentations will have captions (auto-generated by YouTube with manual clean up) and American Sign Language live interpreters.
How much does attending cost?
Access to the online #gamesUR Summit is completely free. For a small, optional donation you can also receive a commemorative swag bag.
I see if I donate some money, I can receive a swag bag. What’s the swag?
For donating a small amount of money to the conference, you will receive a commemorative swag bag including a branded mug, notebook, and a thank you note. The items feature the #gamesUR Summit logo on them.
Above is an image of the sample items from the vendor. Please note the final mug you will receive will be ivory. (The samples only came in black).
Where will I be able to watch the Summit presentations?
Attendees will receive Zoom links via email where they can view both tracks of the Summit presentations. These will be simultaneous streamed on YouTube. After the conference, talks will be archived on the GRUX SIG YouTube channel.
How can I interact with other attendees and speakers?
Glad you asked! We encourage this. While presentations are streaming via Zoom, you can use the chat functionality to pose questions to the speakers and interact with other attendees. We also welcome all attendees and speakers to engage in the GRUX SIG Discord, where there will be channels created for each presentation, as well as channels for “hallway” conversations and fishbowl discussions. Creating an account is completely free and we encourage you to join us!
Are there any social activities planned?
Yes. In addition to leveraging Discord for attendee interactions and conversations, we have a couple social activities in the works! Stay tuned for more information.
Will the Advanced Researchers Workshop planned for the postponed event in 2020 be happening this year?
Unfortunately, due to logistical challenges, we are unable to operate the Advanced Researchers Workshop online. We apologize for the inconvenience.
How can I contact the organizers with any questions?
Please contact the organizers at firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions. We’re happy to help!
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